GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Scott County Sheriff’s deputy wounded last week in a shootout is largely paralyzed, officials announced Monday.
“Doctors say at this point that Jaime is 90 percent paraplegic,” Sheriff Tony Hampton said Monday at a somber news conference in Georgetown.
Deputy Jaime Morales was shot late Sept. 11 in a gunfight with a serial bank robbery suspect at a rest stop off of Interstate 75. Morales was responding with federal agents to the report of a suspicious vehicle.
The vehicle was being driven by Edward Reynolds, 57, of Sarasota, Fla. The FBI says Reynolds was wanted on a warrant for the robbery of a BB&T bank. Reynolds was killed in the shootout.
Morales has been with the sheriff’s office since 2016. He was a former corporal in the U.S. Marines.
He was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Hampton said Morales had undergone several surgeries and faced a long rehabilitation ahead.
You can donate to help Morales at Whitaker Bank or by bringing your donation to the sheriff’s office.